Word on the Street: Pappa wins MLS Player of the Week

Word on the Street: Pappa wins MLS Player of the Week

Monday, Sept. 3, 2011

Pappa wins MLS Player of the Week

As the Fire stands only three points out of the playoffs, they need all the on-field power the team can bring. Marco Pappa delivered just that, awarding him his first Player of the Week award. Pappa came out ready to fight, producing a hat trick, including one goal that nominated him for an AT&T Goal of the Week award. (

Forte: contract situation is a distraction

The Bears can attribute much of their 34-29 win over the Panthers on Sunday to Matt Forte, but the running back has more than just a single game on his mind. With only one year left on his contract, the Bears have not continued talks of an extension.

Forte mentioned an earlier assertion that the Bears don't consider him to be an elite running back. He currently averages more total yards per game than any other running back in the league and wants to be treated by his team as a valuable player. (ProFootballTalk)

Illini's Brown suspended for unsportsmanlike conduct

Illini linebacker Jonathan Brown has been suspended for Saturday's game at Indiana after his unsportsmanlike conduct against Northwestern. Cameras caught Brown kneeing Wildcats offensive lineman Patrick Ward in the groin.

The Big Ten has released a public statement that supports the suspension and Brown has since apologized for his action. He will most likely be replaced by linebacker Houston Bates this weekend. (CSNChicago)

Pierzynski to join World Series coverage

Fox has announced the addition of White Sox A.J. Pierzynski to be part of their World Series coverage. He'll be joining Chris Rose and Eric Karros to help host studio shows, shocking many fans since he was also voted 'least favorite player in all of baseball'. (HardballTalk)

NBA: All or nothing on Tuesday

The countdown begins to finalize the fate of the NBA season everyone so anxiously awaits for. Tuesday's meeting in New York is expected to attract around ten owners and multiple players. If things don't go well, you can say 'adios' to the rest of the preseason and expect the regular season to be postponed as well. (ProBasketballTalk)

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals


Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident:

Cue Chelsea Dagger: Blackhawks blow out Capitals to snap eight-game losing streak


Cue Chelsea Dagger: Blackhawks blow out Capitals to snap eight-game losing streak

Win one game.

That was Joel Quenneville’s message during the Blackhawks’ eight-game losing streak, which finally came to an end on Saturday night.

How about a 7-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on home ice for a streak-breaker? Now that’s more like it.

Prior to Saturday, the Blackhawks hadn’t recorded a win in February — or a win at the United Center since Jan. 12. 

Though the Blackhawks will likely miss the playoffs for the first time since Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were rookies, a blowout win over the leaders of the Metropolitan Division Capitals had to have felt great.

"It’s a nice way to get over the hump," Toews said. "Sometimes you might just win a 2-1 game or just kind of grind it out, but it was nice for us to fill the net the way we did tonight."

Added Joel Quenneville, "Certainly feels 100 times better than coming in and trying to explain how we had a lead and were unable to sustain it. The complete 60 minutes, three periods the right way, more consistency in our game, way more pace than we’ve seen recently, composure with the puck, shooting around the net. It was fun but that’s one. Let’s see how we respond to this because there’s a lot of hockey left."

The Blackhawks are 25-26-8 with 58 points, and are 11 points out the final wild card spot, currently held by the Minnesota Wild.

Among the highlights:

— Seven different Blackhawks scored: Toews, Kane, Alex DeBrincat, Brandon Saad, Artem Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz, Ryan Hartman

— The Blackhawks are 74-6-4 in the regular season in which Kane and Toews both record a goal — and 41-0-0 in their last 41 games, according to NBC Sports Chicago stats guru Chris Kamka.

— Kane registered career assist No. 500, becoming the sixth Blackhawk with 500 or more. Kane is also the seventh U.S.-born player with 300-plus goals and 500-plus assists, joining Mike Modano, Keith Tkachuk, Jeremy Roenick, Pat LaFontaine, Joe Mullen and Phil Housley, according to Kamka.

"You think about the amount of great Americans that have played the game, how many players actually play hockey in the United States... Growing up all I wanted to do was play hockey," Kane said. "That means a lot, especially when you talk about American-born players."

— DeBrincat's 22nd goal of the season has him tied for the rookie-lead with Tampa Bay Lightning's Yanni Gourde. DeBrincat and Kane also lead the Blackhawks with 22 goals.